For the six years of the Obama presidency, or perhaps the last 35 years since Ronald Reagan's election, American politics has been dominated by a debate on the size and role of the federal government.
"Unbelievably sad." That was the subject line of an email a colleague sent me last week.
I saw a documentary on immigration two nights ago and I was fascinated by what I learned, although it painted a disturbing picture.
One sure indicator of an election year is to look at the bills that are being considered during the legislative session.
The headline that caught my attention on Presidents Day could not have been starker, colder: "Intense Republican Hate Is Skewing Obama Polls."
The Lowndes County School Board would like you to know that the main reason last summer's school bond issue failed at the polls was because of some truly awful messaging.
The New York Times comes to the mailbox in fits and starts, sometimes three papers a day, often none at all.
The little guy has won a slobber-knocker in Mississippi.
Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th year with a 3 1/2-hour prime time special Sunday evening.
As the days grow longer and the sun shines warmer and the occasional temperatures tip 70 degrees, a retired man's fancy turns to fishing.
Whenever I write a column about the Tombigbee and mention bridges, I am almost always asked whether the 1928 bridge at Columbus was really a draw bridge.
Media personas were prominent in the news this past week. NBC News anchor Brian Williams' career went up in flames; former 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car crash in New York City; Jon Stewart announced plans to leave The Daily Show and Thursday night New York Times media critic David Carr collapsed in his paper's newsroom and shortly after was pronounced dead.
In June, it will be 52 years since George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door. It happened at the University of Alabama, where two African-American students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, were attempting to register. In facing down three federal officials demanding that he stand aside and honor a court order allowing the registration to proceed, the bantam governor of Alabama sought to make good on a noxious promise: "segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever."
OXFORD -- In the aftermath of prison kickback arrests, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is keeping his pledge to seek tighter controls. Two bills passed the Senate unanimously last week, wining immediate praise from Bryant. One would remove leasing prison farmland from Mississippi Department of Corrections control and the other would move the Inmate Welfare Fund (proceeds from canteen sales) away from MDOC and to the state treasurer.
Newscaster Maggie Wade is passionate about what she calls her true calling: Finding permanent, loving families for Mississippi's foster children. Her program, Wednesday's Child, has found homes for 7,000 children. She has received hundreds of humanitarian awards for her efforts.
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